Hotel du Castellet
What We Love
- An enchanting Relais & Chateaux property in Provence, with golf and Michelin-starred diningEnjoying access to the serene spa throughout your stay
- The hotel's two-Michelin-star restaurant, offering superb French fine dining
- The elegant five-star facilities at this spectacular Relais & Chateaux property
What To Know
- This is palatial hotel is one of the area's most luxurious properties
- There's a six-hole golf course
- Located between Marseille and Toulon
The rolling Provencal hills, hugging the Cote D’Azur in southern France, are beautiful all year round. Equally entrancing is the medieval village of Le Castellet, perched on a cliff’s edge, and one of the region’s most visited hamlets. A decidedly 21st-century draw is the famous Formula One racetrack which is close by. Perfectly positioned for access to all is the five-star Hotel & Spa du Castellet, a member of prestigious Relais & Chateaux and home to a two Michelin-starred restaurant. Its Italianate red-brick design sits well among beautifully landscaped grounds. Here you’ll find a cascading waterway, carefully laid-out lavender and pine-scented gardens and gently sloping lawns with sweeping views towards the sea.
Also within the grounds is a small but challenging six-hole golf course run by a resident pro (you can book private lessons), as well as a generously proportioned swimming pool. Begin each morning with a delicious breakfast spread, then enjoy a rewarding day out exploring local attractions. Return for some spa pampering before enjoying a sunset cocktail in one of the raised garden gazebos – romantically illuminated by night. It’s well worth splashing out on lunch or dinner in the Restaurant Christophe Bacquié – French fine dining at the top of its game. With all this in its favor, Hotel & Spadu Castellet has earned a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.
Good to know
Complimentary parking is available on site for hotel guests. The restaurant is open for lunch Friday to Sunday, dinner Wednesday to Saturday.
The area can be a little noisy on race days.
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We stayed here for 2 nights and only regret we didn't stay longer. Besides the Restaurant the highlight was the Day Spa. From all my travels all over the world I can honestly say this is the best Day Spa I have ever visited. The facilities are amazing and have everything you could ever want, magnesium pool, jet therapy, Infra-red sauna, steam room, steam sauna and even a salt cave. Planning a girls trip next year for my 40th in Greece but seriously considering a stop over in France just so my friends can experience this place.
We traveled to this resort for the food, because the main restaurant was recently awarded with three Michelin stars. As the hotel seems to be in very nice surroundings – and a Relais & Chateaux property after all which I’m a huge fan of – we conceived our little gourmet escape as a two-night stay for relaxation. This plan worked out well, but not optimal. Here are a few things I’d like to share.
The main restaurant’s food is fabulous, worthy of its three stars (maybe three minus) and worth traveling hundreds of kilometers to. The other restaurant, the bistro San Felice, is nice for some change, but doesn’t feel too cozy. There were some issues with a dish and an uncalled-for discussion about the check, which was awkward.
We stayed in a suite which was spacious and had a private balcony. The interior felt rather simple though, country-style, with room for improvement. The suite was quite agreeable, but the pillows are filled with some synthetic stuff which felt horrible. Also be aware that the bath products are from Molton Brown and are strongly perfumed. If you don’t want to smell like an incense stick the whole day, you should bring your own products. Surely, we could’ve asked for an exchange for all of this, but, being on vacation, we had other things to do than organize things like these.
The spa was packed with people, and the indoor pool is not large enough to go for a proper swim. The outdoor pool is larger, but not heated. Nothing wrong with all of this, but you don’t get the information from their website.
More importantly, the hotel is located next to a famous racetrack. It is just across the street and caused for excessive and nonstop noise from cars racing around from the morning until the evening. Relaxation like planned was not at all possible. Some people might be here especially for the racetrack (for whatever reason), but if you don’t know this, like us, it can be highly disturbing. The staff said they would normally inform people in advance if there were any races, but in our case this didn’t happen. So better make sure to ask before you come. The hotel – and Relais & Chateaux – should put on their website that this place is some sort or “racetrack hotel” with excessive noise levels at certain times. Instead, they advertise the calmness of the place, which is absurd. Also, there is no “sea view”, obviously, because the hotel is quite far inland. (Not that I had expected any, I was just wondering that on their website.)
All in all, it is nice, but not top-notch.
A wonderful hotel with attentive staff and excellent service. Fabulous breakfast and a choice of 2 restaurants. An amazing view over the golf course and out to the sea. A terrific spa for total relaxation. Everything about this hotel is first class.